The Conflict Between Israel And Gaza

The Conflict Between Israel And Gaza

The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza. How the escalation in hostilities could affect stability in the region and U.S. foreign policy.

Israel is amassing troops and armored trucks on the border of Gaza as the escalation of fighting there enters its sixth day. Israel's cabinet authorized placing thousands of reservists on call, heightening concerns that Israel might invade the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave and possibly spark a wider conflict in the Middle East. Egypt and Turkey are sympathetic to Hamas and are among the nations pushing for a ceasefire. President Barack Obama said the U.S. fully supports Israel's right to defend itself. But Palestinian leaders called Israel's actions unjustified even though Israel has been the target of hundreds of rocket attacks in the past year. Diane and her guests discuss the conflict between Israel and Gaza.

Guests

Michael Oren

Israeli ambassador to the U.S.

Aaron David Miller

vice president and distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and former U.S. Middle East adviser in Republican and Democratic administrations.

Shibley Telhami

Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of the forthcoming book, "The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace 1989-2011."

David Makovsky

senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and co-author with Dennis Ross of "Myths, Illusions and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East."

Nadia Bilbassy

senior U.S. correspondent for MBC TV -- Middle East Broadcast Center.

James Kitfield

senior correspondent for National Journal.

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